Friday, 1 December 2017

December goals

Last month of 2017, and of course it will be a busy month. There will be lots of time dedicated to cooking for Christmas, some last-minute sewing probably as well as gift preparing and Christmas decoration etc. Not sure really how much I'll be able to cross off the list, but lest try/hope! 


Hoping for finish
1. Lander trousers (green) - One buttonhole, buttons and hems are needed


2. Dance bag for A - have gone as far as cutting the fabric, will it be finished before Christmas?
3. Dance bag for C - not started but it would be good to finish it at the same time as the other one more or less....
4. Long Time Gone - quilting should be finished very soon so it would be nice to finish it all this year! I will pick this one as my One monthly goal again
5. Colour Companions cushions - I have all I need to finish these ones, just need some time!



6. Christmas pillows for the 3 kids

WIP
1. Farmer's wife- - this one will not be touched this month I am sure
2. Gipsy Wife - lots of catch up needed here and I don't think I'll be able to get back on track now
3. Postcards of the world - 4 more postcards to draw and 1 to finish 


UFO / Abandoned WIP
1. HST modern sampler quilt - half way 
2. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks 
3. Mischief blocks
4. Project 48 / Summer Solstice
5. Super Mario quilt
6. Impromptu quilt

New Project
1. Power trip bag 
2. Flora case
3. Jenna or Blackwood cardi black
4. Make up pouch for Christmas
5. Colette blouse 
6. Demoiselle dress for A
7. Imagine dress  
8. Kenda dress for me
9. Bubble dress for A
10. Faux leather jacket 
11. Trapezette dress for C
12. Lander trousers (silver) 
13. Passport wallet for me 
14. Gotham cape
15. Pyjamas/Nightdress for all the family 

Celine

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Novermber in review

November is over.... already. It has gone so fast, I can't believe it is finished, and we are about to enter the last month of the year. So of course, I didn't finish all I was hoping for but there have been a few finishes or nearly finish this month.

Hoping for finish
1. Lander trousers (green) - Let's just add the waistband and loops and hem it to enjoy this new pair of trousers!. Some progress but not finished, hem and buttons are still missing.


2. Dance bag for A  - I have gone as far as cutting the fabric, will it be finished before Christmas? No progress
3. Dance bag for C - not started but it would be good to finish it at the same time as the other one more or less.... No progress
4. Long Time Gone - I am hoping to load this one on the frame soon....Some progress but not finished, still on the quilting frame
5. White and red disappearing 4-patch (blocks from the Block Lotto March 2011) - finished and gifted to my cousin mid November 



WIP
1. Farmer's wife, let's try for another 10 blocks No progress
2. Gipsy Wife - lots of catch up needed here No progress
3. Postcards of the world - little progress


UFO / Abandoned WIP
1. HST modern sampler quilt - half way No progress
2. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks No progress
3. Mischief blocks No progress
4. Project 48 / Summer Solstice No progress
5. Super Mario quilt No progress



New Project
1. Power trip bag 
2. Flora case
3. Jenna or Blackwood cardi black
4. Make up pouch for Christmas
5. Colette blouse 
6. Demoiselle dress for A
7. Imagine dress  
8. CaliFaye Valley Blouse
9. Megan Nielsen Matilda dress
10. Faux leather jacket 
11. Boiled wool Coat - finished


12. Lander trousers (silver) 
13. Passport wallet for me 
14. Gotham cape
15. Pyjamas/Nightdress for all the family 

Celine

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Another UFO has resurfaced

Still while doing my decluterring and still taking advantage of the quilting frame being out, I unearthed another pile of blocks that I made years ago. This time it was practice blocks I had made during the Colour Companions online course on Quilt University in the spring of 2009. I had made these 4 massive blocks (24' finished) at the time and always thought I would soon make a few more to arrange them into a quilt. And of course, that never happened! You can read more about the blocks in my second (!) blog post here!






So without a quilt top ready or an idea for how to arrange the blocks and without the time or will to make more blocks, I thought I could maybe use them for some free-motion quilting practice and make some cushions out of those to place on our bed. So I quilted all 4 blocks with different patterns.




Now all I need to do is to finish them into lovely cushions to put on my bed! Hopefully this will not take another 10 years or so!

Linking to Let's Bee Social

Celine

Friday, 24 November 2017

Raw Edge Coat - v2.0

The weather has turned very cold here so it was time to upgrade to a warmer coat really. And although I really want to make a coat, I still find the prospect quite daunting. So I went for an easier option. I bought some gorgeous raspberry boiled wool at Les Coupons de Saint Pierre and picked the Raw Edge pattern from the Maker's Atelier book again to make myself another version. I had been wearing my neoprene one all through the summer and loved it!

So I was ready for another one.


This time I left the seams on the inside and top-stitching on either side after taking inspiration from IG. And the problem with a fabric that has no right or wrong side is that it easily gets so confusing that I handed making 2 "right" sleeves and of course I only noticed AFTER I had sewn both sleeves on and topstiched both sleeves too. So there was quite a lot of unpicking (and probably some not so nice words as well) but I finally got there on Friday just before I left for the week-end.

Well I traveled with a coat that had buttonholes but no buttons but I remedy that on Saturday morning to finally have a new finished coat!

Now the coat is all one layer and there is no facing etc. I made the buttonholes 1' from the edge and now the front edge is turning back so I am wondering whether I should had a facing or something to keep it flat. I am also wondering if I should have made the collar double too to make it stronger. Well the coat is finished and wearable for now but it might be that I unpick or modify it a little in the future... or not. I hadn't tried boiled wool before, well now I know!

Another OPAM for November and of course one of my Q4 FAL.


Celine

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Love quilt

I have been trying to do a lot of clearing out and decluterring in the last few months, including in my sewing/craft supplies. And while going through bags, boxes etc, I have of course unearthed some long lost treasures, abandoned projects and all sorts.

I stumbled across a pile of Disappearing 4-patch red and white blocks that I had won during the Block Lotto in March 2011 (!) and that had been waiting to be put together... one day. Well the days to do so finally arrived recently and I started to piece the blocks together into a quilt top earlier in the month.

While working on this top, I decided that I would make it a "Love Quilt" for my cousin and her boyfriend who invited us to celebrate their 10 years of love yesterday. Once I took that decision, the obvious pattern to quilt over the quilt was of course Love Hearts and took inspiration from the backing fabric
The quilt was finally quilted last week and I unforutnately didn't notice that the backing fabric had not been tighly rolled so I ended up with a few puckers on the back, which I had to leave at that stage.

I choose a plain red fabric for the binding, to frame the quilt nicely

and here we go a lovely quilt from an abandoned project, ready to be gifted to the Love Birds who were very happy with it.
I am so happy I have finally put those lovely blocks to good use. I love how it has turned out in the end and I am glad that this is no longer a pile of blocks in a plastic bag but a quilt that will be used and cherished.

Quilt Stats:
Blocks made in 2011 (some of mine, some won in the Block Lotto)
Assembled, quilted and finished in October/November 2017
Backing fabric from Les Coupons de Saint Pierre (cotton)
Quilted with YLI and King Tut white thread

Size: 56' square


And of course this is one OPAM for November!
Celine

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Blackwood Cardigan

So for the IG #cosycardichallenge, I had also picked to do the Blackwood cardigan from Helen's Closet and I had bought a lovely jersey boiled wool in lilac colour. It turned out that the fabric wasn't that stretchy but never mind, I went with it anyway.

Of course I left this one to the very last minute and I ended up cutting the fabric on Monday morning (30) for the challenge finishing on 31....

But the cardigan was easy to put together and I could have finished on the same evening if I hadn't sewn my pockets on the wrong side of the fabric (which was probably identical to the right side... but anyway I ended with my pockets sewn inside the cardigan, so I had to unpick and resew them)

This one was also finished... just in time and I had to embrace Halloween for my last minute pictures!

Nice pattern that I will most probably use again in the future!

That was one more OPAM for October and another one off my Q4 FAL list.

Celine



Friday, 3 November 2017

Jenna cardi

When the #cozycardichallenge came up on IG, I knew resistance was futile and actually I do need one or two cardi anyway so why not?

Fabric Galore had a sale on over the August bank holiday so I picked this fun panda fabric and also picked the Muse Jenna cardi on sale (win-win really!). The beauty of these challenges too of course is that it makes you discover new designers etc and keep the focus.
The Jenna cardi comes with lots of variations and an extra pack with collars and different sleeves so it seems very versatile. Anyway, for this first try I picked the hip length, long sleeves version.
I thought I had cut the right size for the cardigan but it felt a little tight when I tried it on so I decided to add a zip instead of buttons to gain a few inches! And this is where the problems started! I hadn't anticipated that sewing a zip on stretch fabric would be sooo difficult. With my first try I stretched the fabric so much that my zip ended far too small. So I unpicked the zip and put everything aside for a little while.... that lasted a few weeks in the end. On Tuesday, it was the last day of the challenge so I decided to give it a go again... I ironed and steamed the front band of the cardigan so it would be really flat. Then I used wonder tape to secure the zip as well as lots of pins. And instead of using the usual jersey zig zag stich I used a straight stitch. And then with a big breath and a slow foot I went for it. Now it is far from perfect but it is finished, in time for the challenge (with one hour to spare!) and I love it. I have already been wearing it!

The pattern came together easily enough and of course sewing with jersey is very nice. I will definitely make more of this pattern, possibly a different variation but I might cut the next size up next time. The only other change I had to make was to cut the sleeves 1' shorter.


That was one more OPAM for October and another one off my Q4 FAL list.

Celine

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